I potty trained my daughter at eight-weeks old, now she’s 5 months & uses a special sign to tell me when she wants to | The Sun

A MUM has revealed how she started potty training her daughter at just eight weeks old.

Alexis Abdelaziz, 26, from California, US, taught Aya, now five-months-old how to use a toilet as a baby.

The mum saw the technique on social media and decided to give it a go herself.

But the mum swears that it isn't just about Aye being potty-trained before others her age or not having to buy nappies that inspired her to try the method.

Most children start potty training between 18 to 24 months old, reports News.Au.

However, Alexis swears by the unusual technique which uses “elimination communication.”


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The technique is based on the idea that babies will naturally sign when they need to go to the toilet.

The mum revealed that because she has been consistent with the training, her five-month-old can now use baby sign language when she needs to go.

“I had seen parents try toilet training from a very young age even before I was pregnant and I always wanted to try it,” the physical therapy assistant said.

“When I got pregnant I had totally forgotten about it and then a couple of months after I had her I randomly remembered it and I started doing research and everything aligned with the method – it just made sense.”

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The elimination communication method works by working out a child’s cue.

This could be showing them a card or making a symbol – then parents can position them over the toilet and make a sound and the child will use the toilet.

Although nervous about using the technique at first, the mum-of-one revealed the first time she did Aya used the toilet.

Since then, the mum hasn't stopped toilet training the five-month-old.

She revealed that around a month ago, at four months old, Aya used sign language for the first time to signal she needed the bathroom without her mum asking her first.

Alexis is also teaching her daughter sign language as 'there are lots of benefits teaching children to communicate before they are verbally able' to.

She added: “Mainly, because they are available to demonstrate their needs and they are emotionally aware – meaning they are less likely to throw a tantrum or feel emotionally misunderstood.

“Obviously Aya isn’t able to talk yet but she is able to understand and it can teach her how to use her voice.”

The mum adds that consistency is the most important part of the technique.

Alexis said: “Just because she is so little, consistency is the most important thing. I carry the card wherever we go and show it to her.

“The main thing I try to explain to people is it is not about diapers and my baby being potty-trained before other babies – because a lot of people are asking about this and asking why I would even do this.

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“She is so much more content and happier because babies sitting around in poop is something they do not enjoy – they cry, they scream and it smells and you can tell by how they are crying.

“But when Aya goes on the toilet she is smiling and content and after she is done on the toilet, she is so calm, there is no crying involved.”

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